A story broke out today about how Avast antivirus (and their acquisition AVG) were collecting the browsing data of their users and selling it to some big companies.
A story broke out today about how Avast antivirus (and their acquisition AVG) were collecting the browsing data of their users and selling it to some big companies. I do not think it is worthwhile to be using a product which is intended to keep you safe but instead indulges in activities that a malware would do.
An Avast antivirus subsidiary sells 'Every search. Every click. Every buy. On every site.' Its clients have included Home Depot, Google, Microsoft, Pepsi, and McKinsey.
The data captured included the details of websites which a user visits, even including the adult websites. Not just the website URLs, but also the timestamps, search queries and a lot more.
The data obtained by Motherboard and PCMag includes Google searches, lookups of locations and GPS coordinates on Google Maps, people visiting companies' LinkedIn pages, particular YouTube videos, and people visiting **** websites.
You can read the full story right
here. It's quite long but very informative since the information comes from the agreements and PR responses received by PCMag. It is also interesting how Avast more or less hides the current functioning of Jumpshot and also instructed its employees to not talk publicly about the company's relationship with their clients.
If you didn't read all the text, then: Just uninstall Avast and AVG from your PC and mobile devices.
Infographic source: The article linked in the last paragraph.
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